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What’s new in Mountains® 8.2?

December 8, 2020

We are thrilled to unveil the Mountains 8.2® release, the latest version of our surface imaging, analysis and metrology software platform for:

  • Profilometry
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Labs with multiple instruments

New features available

Accelerate analysis with built-in statistics tools

  • No need to export results to other programs for statistical analysis!
  • Powerful statistical tools for handling large quantities of measurement data and performing meaningful analysis including new features:
    • for aggregating series of results in one document
    • for highlighting specific information using colors
    • for visualizing information in histograms
    • for generating batches of statistical studies in a single click
  • NB: from 8.2 onwards, most product levels include statistics tools

Statistical analysis with Mountains software

Many improvements for SPM users

  • Force-curve analysis
    • “Correct baseline” tool has been redeveloped
    • Import force curves in text format
  • Multilayer datasets
    • Direct access to Operators and Studies on this Studiable type is now available, including FFT tools
    • Multi-layer datasets: easier layer selection and visualization of topographic layers
  • Greater control of axis settings including non-metric Z-axis management

Above: Force curve analysis in a study on adhesion properties (baseline corrected with updated Mountains® 8.2 tool).


Above: New axis options for multilayer data


Easier color palette edition

  • New cursor for quickly checking a number of points at the same height, for example on samples with steps or particles on a flat background

Color palette edition Mountains software

Above: Moving the rhombus cursor immediately brings to light different surface planes


The cutting-edge of metrology standards

  • Access upcoming revised ISO 25178-2 parameters (official 2021) including
    • New threshold definition for open/closed motifs
    • Feature parameter calculations on only open/closed motifs
    • New Ssw parameter: dominant spatial wavelength
    • New segmentation method for R&W (profile) motifs: calculation of upper envelope
    • New “Named feature parameters” and “Named shape parameters”

Open and closed motifs in revised ISO 25178

Above: Open / closed parameters in Particle Analysis Study


Above: Feature parameters calculated only on closed motifs


Particle analysis just keeps getting better

  • New options for sorting and masking particles
    • Ignore hidden and non-classified particles in tables and statistical representations
  • Improved interface for particle classification
    • Color bars allow better visualization of particle classification

Surface featuring deep grooves and pits caused by corrosion

Above: Surface featuring 1) deep grooves and 2) pits caused by corrosion


Above: Grooves (hidden) are ignored in particle analysis parameters


Above: Roughness parameters can be calculated on the masked surface without taking corrosion into account


Color my Mountains®

  • Shell (freeform) studiables can now be loaded and displayed using the colors contained in the file itself
  • Various 3D file formats are supported including the widely used PLY format.

3D view of freeform shell data in Mountains software

Above: Shell datasets containing color information can now be displayed


Learn Mountains®… with Mountains®

  • New ready-to-use “templates” to help you learn
    • For SPM users (force curves & force spectroscopy):
      • Adhesion, indentation etc.
    • For users of Hyperspectral Imaging techniques:
      • Spectral maps: basic data processing, data visualization, multiple component visualization
      • Hyperspectral cube: data visualization, data extraction, multivariate analysis (MVA)
      • Correlative analysis: colocalization with optical image
      • Particle analysis: edges, hills and valleys, bumps
  • Access via “Home” in the Help tab

Mountains tutorials for Force spectroscopy and Hyperspectral imaging

Above: Learn with our ready-to-use in app templates and try with your own data

Convert pseudo-color images back into surfaces

  • Convert any pseudo-color (2D) image from any screen copy back into a (3D) surface
  • Estimate Z-values using displayed color scale (linear color scale or discrete list of colors)
  • Enter the image X/Y size or show the scale bar if there is one
  • Revert to the original surface from any PDF document using a simple screen copy
  • Immediate solution for unknown microscope file formats

Above: New Convert image to surface using palette Operator


Improved tools on profiles

  • Multi-layer profiles: define color for each profile to improve data visualization
  • New Extract layer operator on Multi-layer profile studiables
  • Resample operator on a Profile Studiable: change the number of points

Multi-layer profile displayed with colors

Above: Define curve colors for multi-layer profiles


New warning zone

  • Warning zones can now be defined by the user to monitor results
  • Detect if a value is close to a tolerance limit
  • Choose how to display results in a warning one (color, text or graphic symbol)

Warning zones show tolerance limits in surface analysis

Above: Identify values close to tolerance limits


Export images or curves in Template mode

  • Export studies as images when applying a template on a folder
  • Export curves (histogram, Abbott curve) when applying a template on a folder

Export studies as images in template mode

Above: Export Studies as images

Export depth distribution data and curves

Above: Export depth distribution data

Improved automation of Colocalization

  • Re-apply the Auto-localize function systematically in the Colocalization study to position the overlay
  • Use the absolute X and Y coordinates to position the overlay
  • Multi-layer data: choose which layer to use for auto-localize positioning (can be different from layer used for visualization)

Automatic colocalization of SEM image and AFM image

Above: Enhanced Colocalization tool (SEM+AFM data)

And more

For a full list of the changes and bug fixes published in this release, please visit our Software Updates page and download the release notes.

How to update to Mountains® 8.2

Access to this latest release is included in the Mountains® Software Maintenance Plan (SMP). Please visit our Software Updates page.
To find out more about SMP options, please contact or visit this page.